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Impressions of Vietnam - Itinerary

October 13 - 24, 2020
12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

$3,840 per person/double occupancy
$1,480 single supplement
$280 additional night - single or double room (includes a private airport transfer)
$210 optional balcony room upgrade in Ha Long Bay (2 nights)
Includes all fees and taxes


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The tour may be combined with the Angkor Wat tour to Cambodia (October 24 - 27, 2020)

This tour starts in Hanoi at 7:00PM on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Your flight should arrive no later than 5:00PM.

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrivals 

On your arrival in Hanoi airport, you will be met by our chauffeur for your private transfer to the modern and upscale Hotel de l'Opera located in Hanoi's Old Quarter, just around the corner from the Opera House. The day will be free to rest and relax, or you can take advantage of the hotel's outdoor pool, health club and spa. In the evening, we'll meet over a welcome dinner of French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine, where we'll get to meet the other ladies in the group.
Meals: Dinner
Hotel de l'Opera, Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi 

Today, we'll spend the day getting to know the thousand-year old city of Hanoi. This political and cultural capital of Vietnam is filled with French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, and landmarks as old as the city itself. We'll explore the complex of cultural and historic sites of Ba Dinh Square, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Confucian Temple of Literature and the Hanoi "Hilton". We'll take a break from touring the city to watch a water puppet show, a Vietnamese entertainment tradition dating back to the 11th century. In the afternoon, we'll take a cyclo tour by the Lake of the Restored Sword and through the narrow streets of the diverse Old Quarter for a visit to Hanoi's Women's Museum, before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel de l'Opera, Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay 

Today, we'll leave the city and travel to one of Vietnam's most famous natural wonders: Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway dotted with over 3,000 limestone islands. On arrival in Ha Long, we'll board a luxury replica of a traditional junk that navigated Ha Long Bay's shallow waters in past centuries, and we'll sail on the clear waters of the Bac Bo Gulf through the fairytale landscape of dramatic cliffs, secret grottoes, and lush vegetation. From our luxury vessel, we'll enjoy the eternally green scenery of the Red River Delta checkered with endless rice paddies, water buffalo plowing the fields and villagers riding to the market with produce piled high on their bicycles. In the afternoon, we'll take a trip to visit the Dark Cave and the Light Cave, enjoy kayaking through the Bay of the Descending Dragon and attend a Vietnamese cooking demonstration, before a gourmet dinner is served onboard.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Paradise Luxury Cruise, Ha Long Bay

Day 4: Ha Long Bay 

As the sun rises over Ha Long Bay, we'll join the Tai Chi class on the upper sun deck, and after breakfast, we'll take the Paradise Explorer, our private day boat to further explore Ha Long Bay, as we travel to Titov Island. After dropping anchor, we'll take a short hike through the forest to the top of the island to witness the stunning view of the Bay. After the hike, there will be time to take a refreshing swim in the emerald green water or to relax in the shade with a coconut, before cruising to a local Pearl Farm. Here, we'll learn the about the complex process of oyster farming and pearl cultivation, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we'll take traditional bamboo rafts and row through a remote floating village, to see the locals going about their daily lives, before returning to our luxury junk in the afternoon to relax and enjoy the optional spa, massage and beauty services offered onboard. As we continue sailing through the exquisite Ha Long Bay, there will be time for swimming, kayaking in the secluded bays and caves or enjoying the pristine Ha Long beaches.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Paradise Luxury Cruise, Ha Long Bay

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue 

This morning, we'll wake up early to witness the spectacle of the first daylight filtering through the mist and lighting up the towering rock formations of Ha Long Bay - what a dreamy memory to take from Vietnam! We'll enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the boat, before disembarking and driving back to Hanoi. We'll take a short flight from Hanoi to the city of Hue, once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. We'll check into our lush, boutique resort in a tranquil area of Thua Thien Hue, surrounded by soothing gardens, several pools, and tropical vegetation, yet also close to Hue's historical landmarks. The afternoon will be free to spend at leisure, or enjoy the extensive Vedana spa treatments offered by the hotel. In the evening, we'll enjoy a festive dinner of renowned Vietnamese cuisine and tradition.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pilgrimage Village, Hue

Day 6: Hue 

Today, we'll spend the day experiencing Hue, Vietnam's most traditional city, whose monuments evoke its past grandeur as home to emperors and mandarins. We'll tour the ancient Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, then take a dragon boat trip across the Perfume River to visit the serene Thien Mu Pagoda and the majestic Royal Tombs, Hue's best preserved Buddhist monuments. We'll end the day with a formal dinner at a beautifully preserved private home of a descendant from Vietnam's royal family.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Pilgrimage Village, Hue

Day 7: Hue - Hoi An 

After breakfast, we'll travel towards Hoi An, stopping en route in the Ba Na Hills to take a funicular up to the Golden Bridge, supported by the hands of "God". The surreal, glistening bridge dangles dramatically over the foggy mountainside, reaching towards the sky. In the afternoon, we'll reach our resort hotel in Hoi An, an atmospheric 17th century trading port on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Lost in time half a millennium ago, the town reflects many ancient traditions as well as the diverse architectural styles influenced by Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese traders who helped build it. We'll explore the town's exotic markets, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and narrow streets lined with low tiled roof houses from the 17th century. There will be some time free to visit the numerous tailor shops and indulge in the best shopping in Vietnam, and in the evening, we'll enjoy a sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River followed by a scenic dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Anantara Resort, Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An 

In the morning, we'll ride bicycles along a scenic route to Tra Que village, where we'll meet farmers growing organic vegetables, using seaweed from the local lake to fertilize the soil. We'll tour the farm, learn about locally grown fruit and vegetables, and can even join in with some farm work. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a foot massage, attend an organic cooking class then ride our bikes back to our resort hotel. The afternoon will be free to enjoy the town's ambiance, great shopping or one of the town's many bustling markets.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Anantara Resort, Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Saigon 

This morning, we'll set out to experience Hoi An's colorful market, with its amazing sights, sounds and aromas, and buy produce for our cooking class. During this hands-on experience, led by a celebrity Vietnamese chef, we'll learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, then prepare several signature dishes to be enjoyed for lunch. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the Da Nang airport for our flight to Saigon. In the evening, we'll check-in to our luxury hotel in the city center. This elegant, historical hotel occupies one of the finest locations in Saigon, showcasing the most stunning views of the Saigon River.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Majestic Hotel, Saigon

Day 10: Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels 

We'll start our exploration of Saigon with a city tour, to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Opera House, followed by a leisurely stroll down Rue Catinat of Graham Greene's The Quiet American to reveal more colonial classics and through the bustling Ben Thanh Market. After a little rest, we'll drive out of the city to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated during the American War in Vietnam. After returning to the city and a little time to refresh, we will meet to top off our appreciation for the city with a motorcycle foodie tour through several Saigon neighborhoods, sampling classic Vietnamese culinary specialties.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Majestic Hotel, Saigon

Day 11: Saigon - Mekong Delta 

After breakfast, we'll escape the city to explore the iconic Mekong Delta. We'll enjoy the scenic journey through the exotic landscapes of Southern Vietnam of low lying rice paddies and a comprehensive network of the delta's canals and channels bordered by dense mangroves and palm forests. Then, we'll board a private boat to explore the river life up close up. We'll watch the bustle around the Cai Be floating market, with hundreds of colorful boats filled with fruit and vegetables. We’ll cruise along the maze of Mekong River's tributaries and narrow channels, walk through tiny villages and fruit orchards before stopping for lunch at a colonial era restaurant featuring Mekong Delta specialties. After lunch, we’ll have some time to relax on a hammock, stroll through the orchards or even try rowing a small sampan boat along the river. If time allows, we'll also visit a colorful Cao Dai Temple, combining ideas from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Islam. After returning to Saigon, we'll toast our Vietnamese adventures and celebrate the new friendships we made during this adventure with a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Majestic Hotel, Saigon

Day 12: Saigon - Departures 

This is our last day in Vietnam, and if you're ending your journey here, you'll have a free morning before your private transfer to Saigon's airport for your flight back home. If you're joining us for the Angkor Wat Tour in Cambodia, we'll have an early morning transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends after breakfast on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). 
Your can schedule your flight to depart anytime today.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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